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widescreen monitor for pc use?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs Forum' started by m_j_wheeler, Jun 24, 2003.

  1. m_j_wheeler

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    Does anyone have any exprience with the samsung 172w widescreen pc monitor or any wide screen monitor for pc use? Will having a widescreen monitor make the pc display look streched out? I know it would work well for watching dvd's, but if i wanted to watch say, a divx film that wasnt in widescreen format, would it distort the picture and make it look strected out? Any help or advise would be greatly appriciated.

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  2. IanM

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    This thread might be more suited to the HCPC forum.

    The graphics card should be set to a widescreen resolution (either using its normal drivers or third-party software like Powerstrip). Also software DVD/divx players usually have settings to control the picture shape, just like the modes on a widescreen TV. This means that you get to choose whether it's distorted or not!

    If you've got the space then I can recommend the Sont FW900 24" widescreen CRT. It's not a nice thin LCD screen but the picture is superb and it goes up to resoultions well beyond 1900x1200 (which is as small as I can watch). I have a corner desk, so the fact that it's deep (and bloody heavy) doesn't really matter because it's only taking up space that would otherwise be hidden behind a flat screen.

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    I've had a Sony FW900 for a while too, and can say it's probably the best CRT monitor available -- and it's 24" widescreen too.

    As IanM says you need to use widescreen modes to get non stretched graphics, but most video cards support these.

    This monitor is a 16:10 ratio (16/10 = 1.6), and it's easy to work out which modes will not look stretched by using same ratio.
    e.g. 1024x768 = 1.3333 so is a square picture and will be stretched, whereas 1920x1200 = 1.6 and is same 16:10 ratio as screen so no square pixels.

    If you are going to get a widescreen monitor, check that your graphics card supports widescreen modes. (e.g. 1920x1200, 1360x768)

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  4. m_j_wheeler

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    Thanks for the advise. have had a look at the resolution of the screen that i was interested in at has a max/native resolution of 1280 x 768, does that seem correct? If my maths is still any good i work that out as being a 1.6 ratio which is correct for widescreen isnt it? The graphics card i will be using is either going to be the nvidia geforce 4 fx5200 or the nvidia geforce4 ti4200,but i think most modern graphics cards will support 1280 x 768 resoultion settings. Does all this sound right?

    matt
    I would consider getting the crt instead but as space is an issue for me i would have to have an lcd screen or a smaller crt, even though crt is better quality.
     

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